hunting season

Time quickly running out on hunting season

by Owen Schroeder, The Leaf-Chronicle  |  published on February 10, 2013

The 2012-13 hunting season will end on February 28, but there is still time to enjoy some good late season hunting. Squirrel, rabbit, quail, grouse, Wilson snipe and crow seasons are open and they offer a wide variety of hunting opportunities.

Late season hunting is also a great way to spend some quality time with a young hunter and teach them to appreciate their outdoor heritage.

There is an abundance of squirrels in Tennessee and they are probably the most under hunted species in the state. Gray squirrels and their larger cousins, the fox squirrel, are the most familiar squirrel species found in Middle and West Tennessee and they make excellent table fare either fried or in a pot of dumplings. The bag limit is ten squirrels per day.

Quail hunting and rabbit hunting are social events where hunters get together to enjoy each other’s company along with a day in the outdoors. Throw in some good bird dogs or a pack of beagles and you have everything for a memorable event. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many quail as there used to be and the coyotes are doing a job on the rabbits. Still, you can have a good time and you might find a covey or two, or get a good chase on a cottontail

If you can find the quail, the daily bag limit is six and the daily limit on rabbits is five.

Fort Campbell and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area probably offer the best opportunities for public quail and rabbit hunting. Fort Campbell has approximately 105,000 acres of land, but hunting access is tightly controlled because of military training.

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